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Twin Cities Wine owner and founder Jason Kallsen
Photo from the Redcurrent article Jason Kallsen and Twin Cities Wine Education Take the Snob Factor Out of MSP Wine Scene
Twin Cities Wine Education was founded in 1998 when Jason Kallsen saw a need for clear, concise, and entertaining wine education, something unavailable at the time to local wine consumers. Through private events, public classes, and teaching at the University of Minnesota, his local reputation grew quickly. “Nobody else comes close,” a recent student wrote, “Jason overdelivers in knowledge, passion, and entertainment … a rare combination in any field but unheard of in wine education.”
Teaching the Burgundy Masterclass, one of my top tier class offerings.
Photo from local food and wine blogger Jeff Burrows of foodwineclick.com
See his article on the class: Unraveling the Burgundy Mystery
Jason’s history in the local wine scene goes back to the opening of the Mall of America in 1992, where he worked at California Cafe while attending the University of Minnesota. Following stints at many of the best restaurants in town, he shifted gears in 1997 to the wine retail world as a wine consultant for Surdyk’s Liquor, where he began their incredibly successful (and continuing) wine education campaign. In 2001 he switched to the wholesale and import side of the wine business, working for Wine Merchants and World Class Wines until 2010, and today he’s the marketing head for local super importer The Wine Company.